Photo Taken by Strangulation Victim Shows His Two Alleged Murderers

The casual Instagram shot was posted on victim Terrance Rankins' profile page two days before he was killed.

An Instagram photo taken by Terrance Rankins just two days before his death features two of the suspects who allegedly strangled him and another man on Jan. 10.

Rankins took the casual shot of what is reported to be Alisa Massaro and Adam Landerman sitting on what appears to be a bedroom floor and posted it to his Instagram profile page. A friend of Rankins' obtained the photo and supplied it to CBS 2-TV (Channel 2), which aired a story on it Tuesday night.

There is no context for what is happening in the photo. Massaro and Landerman are facing each other, and Landerman has a mirror in his lap and a blue mark on his cheek.


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Massaro, 18, and Landerman, 19, both of Joliet, have been charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation deaths of Rankins and Eric Glover, who were identified by Joliet police as "social friends" of the people accused of killing them.

Also facing first-degree murder charges are Joshua Miner, 24, of Joliet, and Bethany McKee, 18, of Shorewood.

Police said last week that they believed the suspects wanted to rob Rankins and Glover. After they killed the two men in Massaro's 1121 N. Hickory St. home, the group continued to "party" and play videogames until officers -- acting on a tip -- showed up and took them into custody.

Although not much has been released about the murder scene or the suspects' actions before or after the alleged killings, Police Chief Mike Trafton said he believed their intent was to dismember the bodies and that the crime was the most horrific things he's experienced in his career.


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Wendell January 28, 2013 at 06:59 PM
This picture was not taking two days before the murders, it was taken that Wednesday night!! His phone started going to straight to voicemail shortly after he posted that pic!!! Again, THE PIC WAS NOT POSTED TWO DAYS BEFORE THE MURDERS!!!!!!
William Taylor January 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I agree that picture does not have anything to do with nothing. Like Amused stated about defending pictures. My question is that of Tanz, was he playing video games at the scene of the crime??? Why did he get arrested? ??? Is he at the WILL County Jail??? AGAIN THE PICTURE IS OF NO IMPORTANCE. Only the crime that was committed.
Hartz January 29, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I guess the photo could be important If it was taken on that day. Especially since that would mean there was a 5th party in the crimes. I'm sure the police are all over this and making sure they have everyone who was involved in these heinous murders.
Tori Larson February 05, 2013 at 02:30 AM
It's definately not Adam sitting there on the floor.
Cynthia March 01, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Poor kids. how terrible!! god bless ! what a gross and inhumane thing to do!! you all are in my prayers!


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